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As an Everton academy graduate and former Toffee himself, Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney will undoubtedly be feeling his club's recent slump behind Liverpool harder to take than most.
The forward's allegiances are brewed to be anti-Anfield, so last weekend's 3-0 loss to the Merseysiders would have brought with it a particular sting on his part.
Speaking on that defeat, Rooney is quoted by The Mirror's David McDonnell as saying:
I’m not going to confirm the details of what happened, but obviously we talk,” said Rooney. “We talk after every game, whether we win, lose or draw, but we knew as a team what went wrong on Sunday. We didn’t need anyone to tell us and we came out and delivered a big performance against Olympiakos.
I think Sunday, as all the players will admit, was a devastating result for us. To lose 3-0 the way we did was hard to take and we had to stand up and really be at our best against Olympiakos, because that wasn’t good enough. We’ve done that, but we have to kick on now and we have to give performances like that every week.
As he mentions, the 3-0 win over Olympiakos during midweek was just the right for Rooney & Co. to bounce back following such a devastating result for the club.
That being said, United have now won their last two games in a row, albeit still a long way from looking like they'll be able to topple their top-four foes.